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Former firefighters urged to take a trip down memory lane

18/07/2014

Leek Fire Station
Leek Fire Station

Former firefighters who were based at Leek are being urged to join current crews to bid a fond farewell to the old station.

"We have organised this get together so that people can have a final look around the station and reminisce about the old days as well as looking forward to a new and exciting era in our purpose built community fire station. I would encourage everyone who has worked at the existing station in years gone by, as well as their families and friends, to join us in what will no doubt be a memorable evening." 

Leek Station Manager Carl Mason

The event will take place at Leek Fire Station, Springfield Road, on Thursday, July 24.

Firefighters past and present, along with their families and friends, can pop along to reminisce about old times from 6pm-8pm. Chief Fire Officer Peter Dartford will attend the informal gathering.

During the evening, guests will be asked to write their memories of the fire station on a postcard which will be put inside a time capsule and buried at the new Leek Community Fire Station.

Work on the facility is due to begin next month and the facility is scheduled to be operational towards the end of 2015.

It is being funded as part of the second phase of a Government run Private Finance Initiative (PFI) scheme.

The £45 million programme will see 10 fire stations rebuilt on their current sites plus a brand new station at Loggerheads to replace a 45-year-old station at Ashley.

Leek Station Manager Carl Mason said: "Leek fire station is a big part of the town’s history, with firefighters serving the local community from it since the facility first opened in 1971.

"We have organised this get together so that people can have a final look around the station and reminisce about the old days as well as looking forward to a new and exciting era in our purpose built community fire station. I would encourage everyone who has worked at the existing station in years gone by, as well as their families and friends, to join us in what will no doubt be a memorable evening."

The new stations will be equipped with hi-tech operational facilities and have space for more community safety activities. All of the new stations also incorporate dedicated rooms and amenities for the benefit of community groups.

Community stations opened in phase one are providing a meeting place for more than 200 different groups, charities and public sector organisations across the country ranging from Staffordshire Police, the NHS, Citizens Advice Bureau and housing associations to music for the Turkish community, creative writing and gardening.